Summary of Positive Intelligence

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Merging theories from science, positive psychology and coaching, neuroscientist Shirzad Chamine defines your “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (PQ) as “the percentage of time your mind acts as your friend rather than as your enemy.” He explains how to increase your PQ to achieve higher performance, greater happiness and less stress. Your PQ score depends on which mental forces dominate – your “Saboteurs” or your “Sage.” Although many self-help books advocate the power of positive thinking, Chamine repackages the idea for practical application, even if he indulges in special jargon. getAbstract recommends his insights and guidance to those who wish to think more optimistically and to managers who need to turn around underperforming teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why a high “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (PQ) matters and
  • How to build PQ by developing “Sage” and defeating “Saboteurs.”

About the Author

Shirzad Chamine is the chairman of the Coaches and Training Institute, an international coach training organization, and holds a PhD in neuroscience and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.



Introducing the “Saboteurs and the Sage”
In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus “fell from grace” and, as punishment, had to push a heavy boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, again and again for all eternity. Like Sisyphus, individuals and teams secretly sabotage themselves by...

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    Dave Bartek 5 years ago
    Are there too many views? I think to some familiar framework like Edward DeBono and his hats of color. Seems a bit too complicated somehow. Sorry, just a blink impression (as Malcolm Gladwell might say) about an Abstract.
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    Dhanjay Gungapersad 6 years ago
    I would be grateful if you can forward me some more resources on this.

    Many thanks for the valuable help that you are providing to so many people.

    Best regards,
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      Erica Rauzin 6 years ago
      Dear Dhanjay,
      You can link to Amazon to buy the book. And, these websites offer additional information from the author. E.Rauzin, getAbstract, managing editor
      and on YouTube
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    Porshae Rivers 6 years ago
    My comment on positive thinking is not looking at other people's faults and lifestyles,but creating my own individual lifestyle.

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